Pure Joy – Lola Olivia Arrives

Lola Olivia
December 10th, 2009 brought me the happiest day – it was the day I finally looked upon the sweetest little face in the world. We welcomed our long awaited/highly anticipated daughter Lola Olivia Muirhead to our family.

Born at 9:52 pm and weighing 6 pds 5 ounces, 20 inches long. Lola has beautiful dark hair (it curls a bit when it’s wet) and gorgeous long fingers that are so dainty. I’m quite tickled that my girl has my hands! But that is where the comparison to me stops, she is SO much like her Daddy. She has his cute ears, his coloring, and we’re thinking her eyes will be brown too. The jury is still out on what her eye color will be.
Mommy & Daddy with Lola

The boys have been utterly in love and adorable with Lola, they are so tender when holding her and speaking of her. I feel beyond blessed that after all these years my little girl has come to us. I love the precious days after having a new baby, there’s nothing more perfect than feeling that love all around you. Nathan and I are so in love, I just adore him so much and feel lucky to have him as the amazing father of my children that he is. He’s been my rock through these long 9 months of HyperEmesis, and with daily sickness he has not only braved having a sick wife but has been loving and incredible in his constant support of me. Now that Lola is here the sickness has instantly disappeared and I’m reveling in the joy that I can eat without being sick, it’s awesome!! Finally a full week without throwing up many times a day, my body is happy and so am I.

I’ll share more about Lola’s birth later, but right now I just wanted to shout from the rooftops that I have a gorgeous little girl who lights up my days with happiness.

Leaping Ahead

Well the big news baby wise is that my due date was officially moved up! I can’t believe it, how many pregnant women get that gift in their last trimester?!

Originally my date was set for the 30th of December, but since having a Biometric Ultrasound (oodles of measurements etc.) my doctor decided that I’m good to go anytime now. I’m officially considered Full Term already! YAY ME!

I still have many things I want to accomplish before she arrives, but thankfully Nathan has been so great at sensing that. He put up the Christmas tree last week, and on Saturday he initiated the decorating process, which I quickly took over so I’d get a tree that I loved – LOL!! It’s dreamy to have the tree up right now, it makes me smile and adds a glow to our front room. I love curling up on the sofa in the morning and taking it all in. Soon our baby girl will be napping by the tree and we’ll be feverishly taking pictures of her. I can’t wait!

True to form, I’m having loads of contractions that are painful and take my breath away. They however are not true labor contractions yet. Baby’s head down and ready to get outta there, I’m ready for her to be out too because most of the time her head is pushing down on nerves and causing me so much pain. Walking, sleeping and moving positions is so hard now – I have to think twice before going shopping and that is really saying something! On a happy note, my feet and ankles have not swelled at all with this pregnancy! They did with my others so I’m thrilled that they continue to look normal and my shoes fit.

The true blessing will be when my little doll is finally here and the HyperEmesis is gone. Oh I can’t wait to not throw up each day, several times a day – it makes me teary just thinking about living life without that continual sickness. I would never wish HyperEmesis on a single soul, it kicks your butt!

So loads to look forward to. I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking posting throughout my labor (whenever that happens) to keep all my friends in the know. When the time comes I’ll be holding tight to that iPhone. LOL!

Excited to be 31 Weeks

Woo Hoo! I’ve made it to 31 weeks pregnant today. I can’t tell you how happy I feel to be here with only 9 weeks (+ zero days) to go. I’ve been super uncomfortable lately with severe pelvic floor pain, but I figured out yesterday that it’s because baby girl has decided to rest head down most of the time. She wants out so we can go shopping!! LOL! My belly is still looking high, so I’m anticipating seeing it drop and knowing I won’t have much longer to go.

Yesterday I laughed as I realized that I was waddling a bit. I corrected that one right away! Hoping and praying we can keep the H1N1 flu at bay in our home. I’m pretty concerned about it right now, especially being pregnant as I’m at high risk. I want to wait for the non-adjuvanted immunization to be available in a week, hopefully I won’t regret waiting that long. I’d prefer the non-mercury method. In the meantime I’m Lysol, Pinesol, and Purell-ing my life away to try to keep germs out of our house as best as I can.

The boys are restless about the baby, they want her out right now. Noah keeps telling me that “it’s taking so long!!” – he’s going to be a darling Big Brother. I can’t wait to see my boys holding their little sister, it makes me teary just thinking about it.

Holy Smokes – I'm 29 weeks!

Time is ticking my friends, the weeks are flying by, thanks mostly to a very hectic schedule with my kids. I’m happy to be getting closer to my due date, I’m pretty uncomfortable and sore alot of the time. It’s getting harder to get motivated and get around…and I was doing so well!! LOL! The Braxton Hicks have been horrible this pregnancy and started so early, you can tell that things get worse with more and more pregnancies. Glad this is my last one!

Liz my SIL, is going to be taking some preggo shots for me really soon so I’ll be able to share the belly. Baby girl is a crazy kicker, she loves to move and kick and spin and roll. I think she’s going to come out already crawling!!

Gotta run today, the nausea has taken it’s Kung Fu grip on my stomach again.

Being Showered – a Girlie Day

While in Phoenix last Friday I had the awesome opportunity to get together with some of my Boutique/Facebook buddies at Cafe Rio! Amy from Toteandtee.com, Spendy Wendy, Jona from Fabritopia.com and Kristie. I’ve known these gals for years online through the boutique world. Little did I know that they were plotting a surprise baby shower for me, I was so totally touched by their kindness. I can’t even describe how thrilling it was to open all those beautiful PINK packages!! EEEKKKK!! (Having a girl is going to be so much fun). Here are some fun shots of our afternoon together. Click on them to see the full image. XO – Daria

27 Weeks – 3rd Trimester has begun

I can’t scarcely believe that I’m now 27 weeks pregnant, and have entered my third trimester. YAY!! So happy to be in the homestretch of my very last pregnancy…ever!

The next few months have a plethora of things going on to keep this mommy busy, so I’m not too concerned as yet about feeling “done”. I haven’t done much to get ready for baby girl, a bit of shopping, but being an experienced mom now I know that babies don’t need a whole lot from the get go. So I plan on getting things for her as I need them and not going totally product crazy ahead of time. At least that is my story this week. :)

I’m not sleeping well these days, I wake up alot during the night and never feel like I’m getting the rest I need. I also have the joyful experience of waking up at 2am with excruciating leg cramps. I hate leg cramps, I had them with all of my pregnancies and them seem to get worse with every baby. Honestly though, I’ll take the leg cramps over the horrid afterpains anyday – I’m not looking forward to those again. Not at all.

I’m wishing that Nathan and I could agree on our daughters name now, I want to be able to refer to her as something other than baby. It would be lovely to talk about her as a person with a name, instead of a fetus without one. :) The odds are not good on this yet, we both have different ideas as to what she should be called so the days tick by and she remains a little generic child.

It’s exciting and scary to think about raising a girl after all of these boys! I wonder if it’s going to be anything like what I envision it to be. I’m sure that she’ll whip us all into shape pretty quickly. I know without a doubt that she’s going to be doted on by her big brothers, they are getting so excited to meet her. It still feels totally unreal to know that a girl is on the way, I find myself dreaming about tea parties, ballet classes, and even wedding planning and she’s not even here yet!

26 weeks Update

Well we’re at the 26 week mark with baby girl, and according to the internet that means she is approx. 1 2/3 pounds and is 14 inches long head-to-heel (about the length of an english cucumber). I am keeping very busy and this is speeding the time by for me, I know that before I know it Christmas will be here and she’ll arrive shortly thereafter. I have LOTS to keep me hopping these days so thankfully I’m not sitting around counting the hours till I’m not preggo. (at least not yet) LOL!

The nausea is still really bad, whomever created HyperEmesis… well it’s just wrong! The belly has definitely popped out there, suddenly I awoke last week to find the belly had shifted forward. My hips feel all out of whack right now, kind of like the first time you wear high heels out in public and realize that you had to get used to the new positioning.

Baby girl has a definite preference as to where she kicks me. Mostly it’s against the bone of my right hip, she LOVES that spot for some reason. I swear I’m going to bruise there pretty soon. Nothing new to report on the cravings front, I just want what I want. However on the emotional side of the spectrum I’m a total emotional hodgepodge. The hormones are playing tricks with me and I find myself in tears and weepy several times a day. This is so frustrating when you can’t attribute a specific thing, person or situation that has triggered your tears, they all just happen in a flood of confusion. I’m stuck there wondering why the heck I’m crying, and yet I can’t get myself to stop. I assume it’s pretty healthy to get your emotions out this way, so I’m allowing myself to have a few crying outbursts (it may not be pretty but it burns calories). :)

I don’t have any belly pics to share right now, and honestly I don’t feel like taking them. It’s a big effort just to get up and dressed these days, so adding pictures on top of that is too much for this busy mama to think about. Liz will shoot some for me in a few more weeks and I’ll share those for sure.

I’m laughing looking at my blog because it’s turned into Romper Room! Posts about babies, pregnancy, nieces, nephews, kids kids kids. I do other things too, I promise! I guess you can tell where my brain is though.

How's it going? Time is Ticking Along!

Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

According to Baby Center, our baby girl is now approx. a pound in weight and about the length of an ear of corn! She definitely is a mover and a shaker, she loves to be in motion right now. Lots of kicking and rolling going on.

This morning Noah told me “Mommy I LOVE that baby!” but when I asked if he would help take care of her once she comes out he said “no, you can do it!”. Oh well, at least he’s agreed to let her sleep inside the house, progress from his garage suggestion a few months ago.

I’m still sick each day, but my attitude has been much more pulled together. I’m really working on getting up and ready, getting as cute as I can and proceeding with my day. It’s tough, but has made a BIG difference to our kids and our home to have Mommy up and at em’. I’d love to be able to have a “kick butt awesome 3rd trimester”, that would be a lovely little gift for sure. But whatever happens, I’m excited to know that we’re getting a little baby girl to join our family.

Still haven’t decided if I’m going to let anyone hold her for the first few days. LOL!!! Maybe Nathan, if he bends to my baby name suggestions.